When we were asked to present one of our seminars to the Roadtrek Technology and Camping Rally, we accepted just because it was on our route and scheduled at the end of the season after all our other obligations were over. We knew it would be a small rally and didn’t expect it to be very memorable. Little did we know that we were saving the best for last! Outside of our own TechnoGeek Learning Rally, this group was the most eager for Geeks on Tour information!
We were originally scheduled for 3 hours on the first morning of the rally, but they ended up giving us the floor both morning and afternoon of the second day as well. We welcomed 10 new members to Geeks on Tour. Out of a group of 24 rigs – I think that’s our highest percentage yet!
We handed out free trial copies of Streets & Trips and showed them how to use it along with the POI megafile. We demonstrated Dropbox as an example of Cloud Computing. We also demonstrated Google Drive where we could both edit one online document simultaneously. We showed them smartphone and tablet apps like the free Google Translate, and how to scan Barcodes. We just kept on showing them all our favorite stuff like face recognition in Picasa, making a blog with Blogger, and they ate it up. Several of them wanted details when Jim showed off his new Microsoft Surface Pro. The main selling point is that this is a tablet that is also a full-blown Windows computer so it can run programs like Quickbooks, Picasa, Streets & Trips etc.. It is Jim’s main computer now. It’s a tiny tablet to grab and go, but when at his desk he uses an external monitor, keyboard and mouse for a full desktop experience. If you’re interested in buying one, there’s an Amazon ad at the bottom of this post. If you click that and buy – we’ll get a few dollars.
By the second afternoon, we didn’t even present any particular topic – we just opened it up for any and all questions. Stump the Geeks! They got us once, but Google came to our rescue and we gave them their answer after all!
They didn't let us go before we agreed to return for their Chapter rally in February 2014! It’s on our calendar now. It will be held at this same park – Tropical Palms in Orlando.
We had a great time … Thanks to Dave Gottdiner for inviting us!